Basements / Discussions

My basement is smelly and humid, what can I do about that?

...basements on your site and this answer confused me. I understood that isulating the basement (either with spray foam or EPS or XPS) acts as a moisture barrier, ...

Posted by Jeff O. Feb. 8, 2017, 10:22 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

Spray Foam for basements, which of the different types are best environmentally?

...basements with spray foam is quite common, and in most cases works very well. A lot people like spray foam as an air barrier, a vapor barrier and for energy-eff...

Posted by Rose Adams Jan. 9, 2020, 9:33 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

How do I insulate my half below grade basement?

...basements at home, I'm finding it a learning curve in building science! The building is over 100 years old with a half below grade (fully cured!) concrete bas...

Posted by tom mckeand Oct. 14, 2019, 11:01 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate rim joists with EPS and batts?

...basements have read about three methods using EPS & batt with slightly different orders. Plan to insulate concrete walls with 2" of EPS, with 2x4 framing (fille...

Posted by Steve J July 18, 2019, 3:53 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Can you Insulate a Cinder block basement foundation with Rockwool?

...basements. Basements and basement walls work differently in summer and winter than walls exposed to air . Basement walls are always cold but touching earth ...

Posted by Victor B June 19, 2019, 11:41 p.m. Basements improvements 5 Responses

How do you prevent mold in a finished basement?

...Basements are built wrong all the time, and many contractors want to fix moldy basements by repeating the process that caused the problem in the first place. An...

Posted by Brian Cole Nov. 22, 2019, 10:22 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Is polyiso board or styrofoam best for insulating when finishing a basement in CO?

...basements walls the same way they build above grade walls, without realizing that they can’t dry to the outside. So putting organic materials like wood agains...

Posted by Evan B. Nov. 21, 2019, 8 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you best use polyiso insulation in a basement?

...basements due to their resiliency when exposed to moisture, where Polyiso can be negatively affected by exposure to moisture and there is often a lot of that, o...

Posted by Iain Matheson Jan. 24, 2020, 7:45 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Should I insulate my basement ceiling?

...basements in older homes simply are not insulated at all, and therefore they do have higher heating bills to show for it (which is not great long term), but for...

Posted by Nina Hartt March 21, 2019, 8:23 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Why do you say building on a slab is more ecological than starting with a basement?

...Basements are certainly useful, but from an environmental point of view, the benefits of slab-on-grade construction over a basement are undeniable, I will expla...

Posted by Geri P Dec. 11, 2017, 11:45 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

How can I get rid of moisture between the vapor barrier and the insulation in a basement?

...basements are rotting many years after they've been finished. We can help you with whatever steps you take moving forward, so feel free to send along some pic...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

How do you remove moisture and condensation from basement walls?

...basements are moldy , as well as how to insulate a basement properly . Perhaps they used metal studs instead of wood studs as a way to stop the wall from rottin...

Posted by Aaron Keating July 27, 2019, 4:51 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...basements properly in new homes - Best practices for building basements in new homes Now that we got that stuff out of the way.... here are some more direct...

Posted by Steve J Feb. 13, 2019, 10:25 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

What is the best option for building our next resilient home?

...basements and or appliances. We make no secret of the fact that we prefer slab on grade homes over basements , and particularly in your situation. Aside from ...

Posted by John Bae Aug. 27, 2019, 3:55 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

Can you help me decide between a foundation, slab on grade and crawlspace?

...basements when it's at all possible to avoid them, particularly if there is a risk of highwater tables and if you are building on or near a floodplain . A slab ...

Posted by David Davenport Nov. 26, 2018, 12:57 a.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

Can you use Foam boards on basement walls to stop condensation?

I am finishing my basement and my basement exterior walls are fully framed about 2” away from the concrete. They have mineral wool in between the stud bays but...

Posted by Chad Johnson Dec. 21, 2019, 7:59 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

How much does it cost to build a house by square foot?

...Basements are expensive: It is cheaper to build two stories above ground than one above and one below. Depending on the lot size and how much living space you n...

Posted by Mike D Sept. 5, 2017, 4:12 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

Will I save energy by lowering my thermostat at night?

...basements (always cold) insulation - which I will in time. The windows (double pane) and doors are all Zone 2 rated appear to have been replaced within the last...

Posted by Ryan Peterson May 1, 2018, 11:51 a.m. Heating and cooling 4 Responses